Marvin Meyer, author and professor at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., will give a lecture, “The Gospel of Judas: New Light on the Early Church,” at the University of Mary Washington on Thursday, October 25. The talk will take place at 6 p.m. in Woodard Campus Center, Great Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Meyer, who is Griset professor of Bible and Christian Studies and co-chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Chapman University, received a master of divinity degree at Calvin Theological Seminary and a doctorate from Claremont Graduate University.
As one of the foremost scholars on Gnosticism, Dr. Meyer is an expert on texts about Jesus outside the New Testament and the Nag Hammadi Library, a collection of ancient Gnostic texts discovered in Egypt in 1945. He has written several books including most recently, “The Gnostic Gospels of Jesus.” Meyer’s edition of “The Gospel of Thomas” is listed as one of the 100 best spiritual books of the 20th century. In addition, Dr. Meyer is the American member of the translation team for “The Gospel of Judas.”
Dr. Meyer teaches courses on religion and values, the New Testament and early Christianity, Greco-Roman and Egyptian religion and culture, and the life and thought of Albert Schweitzer. He has been interviewed on television programs that have aired on ABC, BBC, CNN, A&E and the History Channel, and on radio programs that include BBC Radio and National Public Radio.
For more information about the lecture, contact the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion at (540) 654-1023.